olden

adjective
old·​en | \ ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio) \

Definition of olden

: of or relating to a bygone era

Examples of olden in a Sentence

What was life like in the olden days?
Recent Examples on the Web Prefer learning about the, ahem, saucier side of olden times? Stop in at Dolly’s House Museum (24 Creek St.) to learn about Ketchikan’s Prohibition-era red light district. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak and the Alaska Panhandle: Lush green landscapes are just the beginning," 28 May 2020 David, Don Quixote lived in olden times, when people were very strict about the kind of stories that were allowed to be told. J. M. Coetzee, Harper's Magazine, "Bedside Planner," 27 Apr. 2020 In olden times Chinese women celebrated Qixi with weaving, embroidering and paper-cutting. Wei Li, The Conversation, "How China does Valentine’s Day," 11 Feb. 2020 In olden times, sailors used the frayed end of a rope dipped in saltwater. Michael E. Ruane, BostonGlobe.com, "Toilet paper takes center stage amid coronavirus outbreak. Be thankful we no longer use corncobs and rope ends.," 21 Mar. 2020 Qixi traditions In olden times Chinese women celebrated Qixi with weaving, embroidering and paper-cutting. Wei Li, The Conversation, "How China does Valentine’s Day," 11 Feb. 2020 That myth also implies that the unions that emerged in those olden times are no longer necessary. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019 That myth also implies that the unions that emerged in those olden times are no longer necessary. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019 That myth also implies that the unions that emerged in those olden times are no longer necessary. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of olden

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Olden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olden. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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olden

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English Language Learners Definition of olden

: of or relating to a time in the distant past

olden

adjective
old·​en | \ ˈōl-dən How to pronounce olden (audio) \

Kids Definition of olden

: of an earlier period

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